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Reported by Justin Hanson

Covington launches "neighborhood watch" for businesses

Most of us are familiar with the "Neighborhood Watch" concept where neighbors join together to look out for each other.

That concept is taking on a new approach.   

Covington police officers Jay Black and Rodney McCurry are doing their part to take a bite out of crime in Covington.

Wednesday morning, the two met with Covington business owners about a new crime prevention initiative targeting businesses.

"It's sort of like neighborhood watch for businesses and my goal is to get as many businesses as possible to enter the business watch program so that they can help themselves to help us," Sgt. Jay Black of the Covington Police Department said.

Officers said simple things like making sure doors are locked and bright lighting can often prevent break-ins and thefts.

Now Covington Police are really encouraging businesses to be concerned about their safety after hours.

"An alarm system is always good. Make sure you cut your alarm on before you leave. Video surveillance always helps," Black said.

"The fact they are taking their time to teach us what to do and how to do it is very important," business owner Debbie Gordon said.

Gordon is just one of the business owners signing up for the new initiative.

Officers analyzed her business looking for things like cameras, lighting, and proper locks. 

Officers Black and McCurry will come to area Covington business to assess how safe you are.

Just call the Covington Police Department at 901-475-1261.

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